Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Coronavirus Update

COVID-19 Spring Update/Reminder


The COVID-19 Response Team welcomes everyone back for the Spring semester and would like to remind the campus community of COVID-19 protocols and resources. The COVID-19 Response Team continues to monitor local and regional public health conditions. At this time, Kleberg County reports 191 active COVID-19 cases. Campus-related case data can be found on the COVID-19 dashboard that is updated every Monday afternoon.

Campus Protocols:

  • Face coverings are required in all public buildings/spaces, including classrooms, hallways, and restroom facilities. Private offices with a single occupant are exempt from the requirement as are individuals who are outside and able to practice proper social distancing. Individuals working in cubicles, including those working behind a Plexiglass barrier, will be required to wear proper face coverings. Individuals are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing and good hand hygiene at all times.
  • All employees should self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms daily.
  • The campus community must complete COVID-19 training and self-certification indicating their negative COVID-19 status prior to returning to campus or upon their first day back on campus. Training is accessed through TrainTraq.

What to do if you are experiencing symptoms or have been exposed to a positive case:

  • If an employee is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, they should communicate with their direct supervisor. They must not report to work. Employees should continue to monitor their symptoms and test for the virus.
  • If an individual tests for COVID-19 and is awaiting their test results, they must continue to self-quarantine. Individuals cannot return to campus while waiting for test results.
  • If you have been exposed to a COVID-19 positive individual, you must self-quarantine for 10 days, even after a negative test. 

What to do if you are COVID-19 positive:

  • You are required to isolate for at least 10 days since onset of symptoms.
  • You must report your positive test results to your supervisor, who must then inform the Office of Employee Services.
  • You must self-report through the Texas A&M University System portal.
  • Persons with COVID-19 who have symptoms may end isolation and return to work under the following conditions:
    • fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication),
    • improvement in symptoms, and
    • at least 10 days have passed since COVID-19 symptoms first appeared.

Testing Resources:

  • Free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff is available. Pre-registration is required. Employees will have the opportunity to test on Thursday, January 7, 2020 from 3-4:30 p.m. at the testing trailer located in the Student Health and Wellness parking lot. Regular testing for the campus community will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning the week of January 11. Pre-registration will open at 9 a.m. every Monday for appointments on Tuesday and Thursday of that week. You can register for a COVID-19 test here. For more information, please contact Jo Elda Castillo-Alaniz at 361-593-2382.
  • The City of Kingsville and Kleberg County, in collaboration with Texas Department of State Health Services, are offering free COVID-19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the City of Kingsville Health Department at 3421 N. Farm to Market 1355. Individuals may register ahead of time at GoGetTested.com or can register on-site.

Vaccines:

We understand many of you have questions about the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in our area. We do not currently have information about vaccines but will share any news we receive with the campus community.

Please continue to do your part to show that Javelinas Care, Protect and Help by working together to keep our campus community safe and healthy.